Physical Education - A Level only

Exam Board: AQA

Introduction to the Course

The course will enable students to make an entry into a sports and leisure environment, including sports leadership, leisure centre management. It is also a requirement for many courses at university, subjects like Physiotherapy, Sports Science, Human Biological Sciences, Sport Psychology, Leisure Management and PE Teaching. However as mentioned below there is far more to this A Level that meets the eye and the strengths gained benefit almost all professional careers.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements of a minimum of one Grade 6 in GCSE Science and GCSE English Language and a Grade 6 in GCSE Physical Education or Distinction for Sport BTEC. Standard entry requirements and the division of marks are clearly weighted in favour of the theoretical components of the course (70% theory/30% practical). Therefore, this course is most suitable to those with a strong theoretical background. Being good at a particular sport alone will not bring about success.

Course Content

Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle

Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or an adopted role/s

Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport

Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation


Component 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport. 35% written paper.

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society

Component 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport. 35% written paper.

  • Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Sports psychology
  • Sport and society and technology in sport

Component 3: Non-exam assessment; Practical performance in physical activity and sport. 30% practical moderation.

Future Career Progression

There are a number of professional career paths available from this A Level. Many students have gone on to study the more recognised career paths such as Sport Psychology, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.

However, this A Level is more than that, it has given students the chance to develop their leadership, their understanding of team work and team ethics, understanding of group cohesion, the nature of anxiety and much more. This knowledge has benefited many students that have gone into all sorts of professional careers from financial managers to teachers. An understanding of what makes people work effectively, mentally, physically and socially is an undoubted skill and requires valuable knowledge, which can all be gained through this A Level.

If you have ambitions to do any of the professions mentioned above then this A Level is a must, however you need to take this A Level into consideration if you intend to work with people in your professional career.

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